Junior Animator Trainee

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This role is a part of the UK government's Kickstart Scheme and is only applicable to 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK who are not in education and are currently claiming Universal Credit. Click here to view more Kickstart placement opportunities.

November 18, 2021
United Kingdom

Though most well-known for stop motion feature films, Aardman has been making games for around 14 years, and moved into console gaming for the first time in 2018 with the co-production 11-11: Memories Retold, published by Bandai Namco. Since then, Aardman have been working on a brand new gaming IP for a multi-national publisher, filled with all the character, humour, love and craft you would expect from an Aardman film. Based in Bristol in the South West, Aardman work from a custom built HQ building with an on-site 40 seat cinema amongst other perks, as well as another base which houses the stop motion feature production. Founded in 1976, Aardman has become one of the UK’s biggest names in storytelling, and sees games and interactive as the future of telling really exciting, interesting, and characterful stories for years to come.

Come and work within a fantastic team of experienced programmers, helping us build the foundations of an amazing new PC/Console title. 


This role will be supporting the Animation team in the creation of animated assets for the game. This could involve creating environmental animations, character animations, importing animation assets in the engine and getting them set up, creating and manipulating cameras, and other animation tasks. 

Depending on the candidate, this could also involve rigging, skinning and weight painting, working on character controllers and dynamic animation systems.


Ideal candidate must have experience with 3D animation and Unreal or Unity game engine.


This role can be remote (working from home) or on site at our Bristol office.

How to Apply

Kickstart is a Government scheme aimed to help support young people back into work after the economic effects of the pandemic. The Job Placements are only available for Universal Credit claimants aged 16 to 24 and out of education who are referred to employers by their respective Work Coaches.

In order to apply you should:

  1. Complete this form
  2. Get in touch with your work coach (reference postal code BS1 6UN to receive a referral

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About Us

Aardman strives to be the most inspirational animation company in the world creating world class entertainment to a diverse and intergenerational global audience. We aim to lead the way in both our content and our professional principles, ensuring diversity and inclusion is inherent to the development and production of all our content - both on and off screen.

Aardman is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals and are always happy to discuss flexible working needs.

About 11-11 Memories Retold

Aardman’s first ever console game, 11-11 Memories Retold is a narrative adventure game set against the backdrop of World War 1.

Critically acclaimed as an “affecting, memorably beautiful interactive story”, the game features a totally unique rendering engine that makes the game look like a living painting, with brush strokes being paint and repainted every frame.

Stand out performances from Elijah Wood and Sebastien Koch as the game’s central characters offer counterpoint to Olivier Deriviere’s exceptional score, recorded by the London Philharmonia at Abbey Road.

Launched on the centenary of the Armistice, the game has achieved great reviews, with 77 on MetaCritic, a 8.2 User score, and Very Positive on Steam. The game is also nominated for Best British Game and Game Beyond Entertainment in the 2019 BAFTAs, in the Games for Impact category of The Game Awards, and won the TIGA award for Best Educational or Serious Game.

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